I was able to catch up with Logan Burdine of The Landry Hat a Dallas Cowboy FanSided Blog and was able to get a quick Q&A with him to share his thoughts on the upcoming preseason game. You can see his thoughts here and you can also see that he HATES Roy Williams.
1 Last year we were supposed to meet in the Super Bowl (according to everyone), what fell apart on your end?
Wade Phillips completely lost the team right out of the gate. They had an awful training camp that was basically spread across the country. I don’t usually take much from preseason games, but they got pounded last year in the preseason. It wasn’t surprising that they started the year out flat, but it was somewhat surprising how bad things got. They were a different team once Garrett took over. Phillips was such a bad head coach, that everyone has forgotten how much talent the Cowboys possess. I’m sure you guys like Phillips, but, trust me, be glad he isn’t your head coach.
2 Who are some of the Cowboys prospects that we should keep an eye on late in the game?
Dwayne Harris is quietly making a push to become the team’s number three receiver. He was a late draft pick this year, but was a dominant force at East Carolina. He had a huge game in the first preseason game.
However, the player to really keep an eye on is David Arkin. Arkin is a rookie who may very well be the Cowboys’ starting left guard. With Montrae Holland out, he will be getting the start on Sunday.
3 Do you really think that Nnamdi wanted to come out to Dallas? Why do you think he chose Philly?
Actually, I do think Nnamdi wanted to come to Dallas, but they gave him a low ball offer (reportedly for 4 years, $40 million) and hoped that Rob Ryan could talk him into coming. I don’t blame him for taking more money from the Eagles. I’m also kind of glad that the Cowboys didn’t sign him. Throwing a bunch of money at an aging corner didn’t really sound that appealing.
4 Thanks again for Patrick Crayton, we love him here. Do you guys want a reset button for that trade?
Sure we miss him. They basically don’t have a third receiver anymore. But, this is really about the Roy Williams debacle. You’ll find very few fans that had a problem with Crayton in Dallas. He dropped a third-down pass in the playoffs against the Giants in 2007 that probably cost them the game, but most have been able to forgive him for that. They had nowhere to play him last year because of Roy’s presence on the roster. Trading for Roy and giving him that contract was easily the Cowboy’s worst decision of the last decade. The resulting damage has been far reaching and will continue to be for a couple more years.
5 So Coach Garrett banned rookie hazing, what are your thoughts on it and do you think this is part of Dez Bryant‘s crying about it last year?
You’re going to see a theme here and it’s that I don’t care for Roy Williams. I don’t think Dez cried about that at all and reports to the contrary were probably inaccurate. I think he told Roy to put his shoulder pads where the sun doesn’t shine and Roy was the one that cried about it. I’m glad he did it. Dez earned a lot more of his keep than Roy did last year. That’s for sure. If anything, Garrett banned rookie hazing just so lazy, overpaid, under-performing veterans couldn’t cause ridiculous drama.
6 I have a fantasy football draft on Thursday, which wide receiver would you go after: Dez or Miles?
You have to go Miles there. His numbers with Romo are off the charts. For whatever reason, he and Kitna didn’t have the same kind of connection, but he should return to his previous dominance now that Tony is back. And, while Dez is freakishly talented, Miles is still the more complete receiver – for now.
Thanks again to Logan for spending his time to answer a few questions and go and head over to his site to see what they are doing over their at The Landry Hat.